Last nite the n-word was trending on twitter in Boston after a Black hockey player, PK Subban, scored the winning goal against the Bruins. This is why Celtics-legend Bill Russell said Boston is the most racist city in the U.S. He faced the same kind of abuse even as he was a star player on a Boston sports team!
There is a Boston of the billionaires and bigots; and there is a Boston of the oppressed and exploited. The working class Boston, the Boston of color; and then there is the Boston of the Kerrys and Romneys. The Boston of the $35 billion-endowed Harvard Corporation; and the Boston of the 1 in 4 children who live in poverty, with an outrageous 40% of children living in poverty in Boston’s Black neighborhoods of Roxbury/Dorchester/Mattapan.*
Some media have said that this is an example of Boston acting in a #DonaldSterling manner. No, this is not about one racist NBA owner. This is structural. This is racism, which is as American as apple pie. This is Jim Crow and the New Jim Crow. This is where the yawning inequality spotlighted by #Occupy intersects with the racial animus displayed in the murders of #TrayvonMartin, #JordanDavis, #RamarleyGraham, #DJHenry, and COUNTLESS others. It can be seen in the fact that people of color in Boston and the US continue to face discrimination at all levels of society, including in terms of employment, housing, education, social services, health care, politics.
The truth is that US society breeds racism and oppression. When 1% of the population owns half the nation’s wealth; when the Walton family’s billions are premised upon the barbaric exploitation of millions of American workers; when competition, pursuit of profit, greed, militarism, demonization of the poor — when all of these things abound in this country today, it is inevitable that society will be riven by myriad forms of social decay, internecine resentment, universal distrust and animosity, and of course, bigotry directed outwards in all directions.
The truth is that the existence of such a divided populace is actually in the interest of the proverbial 1%; divide and conquer. Blame immigrants, Muslims, Black people, LGBT people, etc. Direct your anger at anyone but those who actually rule over this wretched society; those who benefit in the extreme from the perpetuation of such a status quo in which a few enjoy unprecedented wealth and power while the many struggle to eke out a dignified, fulfilling, complete human existence.
Exactly two years ago. The black student union at Harvard asked me to help organize and speak at a protest against the [still unpunished] racist murder of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman.
Participating in this was by far one of the proudest, if not most somber, moments of my life.
Posted: Mar 05, 2014 2:33 PM EST
A shouting match erupted in a South Florida neighborhood after two homeowners decided to display icons of hate on their property.
The men behind the flags associated with the Ku Klux Klan have said they are simply exercising their First Amendment rights, but so are some neighbors who screamed in anger about the flags. “You are a racist pig!” shouted Susan Wantz. “That flag represents that you are a racist pig!”
"I don’t care about other people’s opinion," said Kelsey Hayes.
Hayes owns one of two homes in a West Boca Raton neighborhood that has flags associated with the Ku Klux Klan in their front yards.
2014, yall. Florida. American racism. Lynch law. White supremacy.
"Very recently I had a conversation with Cornel West in my house. I shared with him that people kept asking me when Obama first ran did I think it would make a difference in lives of Black males. I said yes, symbolically. On issues of illiteracy, poverty, the sense of meaning of Black males, no. I saw Obama having great ties to the wealthy and the sustaining of the wealthy. His militarism alone puts him at odds with Black males or any of us sustaining our lives. I think a lot of the things Obama did were evident of who he was before he took office. If anything we have learned from both the civil rights and feminist movements is that we have people in power who look like us but do not represent us. Too often we focus on image over the action.
Things that have happened, the killings of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis. We have seen the incredible rise of fascism in America with President Obama in office. These kinds of lynchings of Black people, says we are a group not capable of keeping ourselves alive, that we are at risk. Being here in Florida right now a lot of Black people feel at risk, especially Black men and Black boys. It is not just Florida. Such a repetition of state-supported violence all over America. Look at the movie Fruitvale Station about the police murder of Oscar Grant in California.
We have to go back to Dr. King’s “Where Do We Go From Here?” A lot of people, he said, would rather see an end to democracy than have racial equality. We are living that reality, a state-supported White supremacy. It is about stopping Black people, because Black people have advanced a great deal. You stop that with drug addiction, with health issues, with racial attacks. If you are a Black woman with money the illnesses that kill a poor Black woman also kill you. The common factor in both is stress.”
No 8-year-old should live in fear for his life, with nightmares that keep him awake all night. But that is a daily occurrence for Donald Maiden Jr., known as D.J., who was playing tag outside his Dallas apartment complex when he was shot in the face by a neighbor last September.
There was seemingly no reason for the attack by 46-year-old Brian Cloninger, a white man, who told police “he wanted to” when asked why he fired on the black child.
And this will happen again, must happen again, because our policy is color-blind, but our heritage isn’t. An American courtroom claiming it can be colorblind denies its rightful inheritance. An American courtroom claiming it can be colorblind is a drug addict claiming he can walk away after just one more hit. Law and legacy are at war. Legacy is winning. Legacy will always win. And our legacy is to die in this land where time is unequal, and deeded days are unequal, and blessed is the black man who lives to learn other ways, who lives to see other worlds, who lives to bear witness before the changes.
Today would have been Jordan Davis’ 19th birthday, but instead we mourn the loss of his life, and are in awe at the lack of value placed on black bodies in a system that claims it was designed to serve and protect. Our hearts go out to the Davis family and community of supporters. The fight is not over. —> http://cnn.it/1lXdbvA
A Florida man has been convicted of three counts of attempted second-degree murder after an argument over loud music outside of a convenience store.
It’s fucking bad enough that Florida has yet again sanctioned the vigilante lynching of unarmed innocent Black youth at the hands of a racist White scumbag.
But how fucking dare the NY Times run this article with a headline which categorically asserts that the case was about a dispute over “loud music.” This reflects an editorial decision on the part of the Times to advance as fact the absurd notion that the murder was not a product of racist hate, but rather a non-racial clash over the volume of a car stereo. But even the killer admitted that it was not simply loud music he was opposed to, but the “thug music” emanating loudly from a car filled with Black youths.
When mainstream liberal media like the New York Times fail to explicitly call such racist acts of barbaric violence by their true name, it only provides cover for such racist violence to continue under the ruse of euphemism.
Michael Dunn, a white man who admitted shooting Jordan Davis, a black 17-year-old, was convicted of three counts of second-degree attempted murder, but not first-degree murder.
… Coming on the heels of the failure to convict Mr. Zimmerman in July, the verdict was a blow to Ms. Corey, who was the special prosecutor in the Zimmerman case.
“The verdict won’t sit well with the black community in Jacksonville,” said Ken Jefferson, a vice president for Operation Save Our Sons, a group that tries to help young men in Jacksonville, where blacks make up 30 percent of the population. “There is a feeling of being able to shoot black people and get away with it,” he said, particularly after the Zimmerman case.
Florida “justice system” lets the racist killer of Trayvon walk free, but wants to lock up a young Black woman for the “crime” of firing a WARNING shot at her abusive husband.
Stand Your Ground, my ass. Jim Crow ain’t dead in Florida.
Florida Special Prosecutor Angela Corey has filed a motion to revoke the bond of Marissa Alexander, claiming she violated conditions of her parole by running errands, reports First Coast News.
As previously reported by NewsOne, Alexander, a 33-year old Jacksonville mother of three, has spent the last 2 years behind bars serving time for a domestic violence dispute during which she fired a warning shot at her estranged husband, Rico Gray, Sr. who admitted that he had threatened to kill her.
Activists who gathered to protest outside Dearborn Heights Police headquarters Thursday night acknowledged that they don’t know every detail that led to the slaying of Renisha McBride, but said an unarmed 19-year-old woman being shot to death should be enough to warrant an arrest.
McBride of Detroit was shot to death early Saturday morning outside a Dearborn Heights home on Outer Drive, where her family believes she was seeking help after a car accident.
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s office said Thursday morning that it needed more information from Dearborn Heights police before an arrest warrant could be issued.
The shooter told police he thought McBride was breaking into his home and that his shotgun fired accidentally.
… “It makes no sense,” she said. “She was just looking for some help… This young lady could have been my daughter.
"Black life is so devalued… It makes people like the one who did that so full of fear. If this man was afraid, he could have just picked up the phone and dialed 911."
The incident has sparked widespread outrage and social media activity reminiscent of the response to the 2012 Florida shooting of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager who was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer.
"It’s amazing that in 2013, we still see the lack of value on African American life," said Rev. David Bullock of Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church in Highland Park.
"We though it was just in Sanford, Florida, but it’s also Dearborn Heights, Michigan… We cannot let the system that is supposed to deliver justice off the hook. We understand there is a process, but you remember when Trayvon Martin was killed… they were shuffling their feet."
… “Had she been a white woman and the shooter a black man,” activist Dawud Walid asked the crowd, “would the shooter be sitting comfortably at home watching TV today?”
"My son would be in jail, where is this man? Why isn’t he in jail?" #RenishaMcBride
If you thought what happened to Jonathan Ferrell last month was horrific, wait until you hear about the slaying of 19-year-old Renisha McBride.
At around 2:30am on Saturday morning, McBride got into a car accident near Dearborn Heights, a suburb around Detroit. Her cell phone battery was dead so she went to nearby home to seek help. But after knocking on the door, McBride was killed by a gunshot wound to the head.